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Petroleum Systems Modeling

June 26 8:00 AM - June 28 5:00 PM CDT

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Selim Shaker, PhD
INSTRUCTOR: Lothar Friberg, PhD
DISCIPLINE: Geoscience, Unconventional Reservoirs
COURSE LENGTH (DAYS): 3 Days (June 28-30, 2023)
CEUS: 2.4
AVAILABILITY: Public & In-House

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Designed for geologists, geophysicists, and engineers actively working in exploration.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course covers the concepts of what a petroleum system is comprised of and the benefits of integrating petroleum systems modeling as a discipline in your exploration workflow. In this context, participants will learn about the key parameters required to conduct a petroleum systems modeling study. Day 3 will include a customized hands-on exercise using the client’s data.


  • Introduction to different source rock types and their classification regarding depositional environments, organofacies and kinetics. Brief summary of the analysis methods.
  • Heat sources and rock properties affecting the temperature field.
  • Thermal maturity of organic matter and parameters to determine it.
  • Compaction behavior, pressure distribution and the effect on fluid flow.
  • Geochemistry of oil and gas including methods to analyze them.
  • Understanding the information stored in geochemical data such as biomarkers and isotopes.
  • Factors and processes affecting petroleum properties.
  • Introduction to basin modeling and what it can do for you.


  • Define source rock organofacies and appropriate kinetic for basin model.
  • Understand heat sources contributing to the temperature field of a sedimentary basin and how the basin fill lithologies are affecting it.
  • Being aware of standard calibration parameters used in basin models.
  • Develop a general knowledge about the wealth of information stored in geochemical data such as maturity and facies and how this information can be utilized in constraining and calibrating your basin model.
  • Identify what are the critical input parameters for a basin model.
  • Understand the different modeling program approaches and being empowered to choose the most appropriate package/dimension for the particular question to answer.
  • Being able to differentiate between strength and weakness of a basin model.

NOTE: You will not learn how to run a petroleum system modeling program such as PetroMod or Zetaware.


  • Introduction
    1. Definition of a petroleum system
  • Source rocks
    1. Depositional environments and organofacies
    2. Source rock analysis and kinetics
    3. What makes a good source rock – examples from around the world
  • Temperature
    1. Heat sources
    2. Conditions affecting the temperature field in a sedimentary basin.
  • Maturity
    1. Definition of thermal maturity
    2. Common thermal maturity parameters
  • Fluid flow
    1. Compaction
    2. Pressures and fluid flow/migration
  • Geochemistry
    1. Analytics (GC, GCMS, Isotopes)
    2. Biomarkers and their application
    3. Natural gases
    4. Factors and processes affecting petroleum properties
    5. Surface geochemistry
  • Basin modeling
    1. Purpose for modeling
    2. Petroleum systems modeling workflow and data requirements.
    3. Modeling dimensions and techniques
    4. Addressing uncertainties and mitigating them (scenario testing)



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SCA Petroleum Systems Modeling (June 28-30, 2023 / Houston, TX)
$ 2,775.00


June 26 8:00 AM CDT
June 28 5:00 PM CDT
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Houston, Texas Training Center
10700 Richmond Ave, Ste 325
Houston, TX 77042 United States
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REGISTRATION should be made at least one month before the start of a course. It is recommended that participants register early due to limited seating. However, we will accept paid registrations up to the last business day before the class, provided there are seats available. Registrants will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registration and will receive complete venue information two weeks prior to the first day of class.

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